HOME > NEWSROOM > PRESS CENTER > National Religious Broadcasters' Statement on World Vision U.S. Policy Change Reversal

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2014

Kenneth Chan





National Religious Broadcasters' Statement on World Vision U.S. Policy Change Reversal 

Manassas, VA – In a letter to employees on Monday, World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns announced a change to the organization’s longstanding employee conduct policy that effectively allowed “a Christian in a legal same-sex marriage” to be employed at World Vision. Two days later, Stearns and World Vision U.S. Board Chairman Jim Beré announced that the Board was publicly reversing its decision to change the policy, acknowledging that the change was a “mistake” and “not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.” As before, World Vision U.S. requires sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) has enjoyed a long and healthy relationship with World Vision, a Christian organization that has ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of the poor and needy around the world. World Vision is also an Associate Member of NRB.

Because of this relationship, in the spirit of Matthew 18, NRB reached out with others to World Vision U.S. directly and asked them to reconsider their new policy.

We thank World Vision for hearing us, reconsidering, and then reversing the policy change.

We affirm World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearn’s rationale for this reversal – that the policy change “was simply not consistent … with the authority of Scripture.” We affirm, as he did, that we “cannot defer on things that are that central to the faith” despite the stormy winds of a changing culture. This is a good lesson for all Christian ministries. We must hold fast to the moorings and unchanging truth of the Bible.

We pray for World Vision and stand with them now as they will most likely be criticized by those who disagree.

Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D. President & CEO

Bill Blount, Chairman of the Board

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.




National Religious Broadcasters
9510 Technology Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
(703) 330-7000

Latest Releases

NRB Calls for Defunding Planned Parenthood

As undercover videos have revealed key Planned Parenthood officials describing and negotiating the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, anger and scrutiny is increasing against the nation’s largest abortion organization. NRB has raised its voice for legislation

NRB Opposes New Attack on the Freedom to Believe and RFRA

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) opposes new legislation that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a way that undermines the broad and balanced Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which was signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

Iran Deal Leaves Americans Behind

NRB is dismayed that the Obama Administration would strike a nuclear deal with Iran without first securing the release and safe return of Americans, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, who are unjustly incarcerated in Iran.

NRB Urges Congress to Defend Freedom to Believe in Marriage

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, sent a letter today to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) calling on Congress to approve the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill sponsored by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) to protect and safeguard religious freedom in light of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage.

Supreme Sham

Thinking about the recent Supreme Court ruling that forced “gay marriage” on all 50 states produces several reactions. As noted earlier, biblically and morally, it’s a shame. But legally and politically, it’s also a sham. Here’s why.

Supreme Shame

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote to impose so-called “gay marriage” on all 50 states. The White House celebrated with a rainbow lightshow. What can I say? I say this: It’s a shame.

Chief Justice Gives Ominous Warning on Marriage & Faith

NRB is repulsed by the Supreme Court’s decision today to undermine the tried and true institution of marriage by imposing “gay marriage” nationwide.

Announcing the 2016 NRB International Christian Media Convention: Proclaim 16

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the world’s preeminent association of Christian media and ministry organizations and professionals, announced the renaming of its annual event, which will now be called Proclaim.

NRB Statement on Attack in Charleston, SC

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, condemned last night’s deadly attack on parishioners of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

NRB Supports First Amendment Defense Act

NRB today issued a statement of support for the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) to defend religious freedom.

More Press Releases